Key results 2015
The results from the Belgian study (Flanders only) indicate that levels of substance use among Belgian students were generally rather close to the ESPAD average. Only one variable stands out as being above the overall average, and that is alcohol use in the last 30 days, which was reported by 56 % of the Belgian students, compared to the ESPAD average of 48 %. However, the level of heavy episodic drinking during the last 30 days was the same as the ESPAD average (35 %). For cigarette use in the last 30 days the prevalence among Belgian students was below the ESPAD average. Another difference, though smaller, is that not more than 1 % of Belgian students reported ever having used NPS, compared with the average for all countries of 4 %. None of the other variables presented differed greatly from the ESPAD average. The overall impression is that the substance-use habits of Belgian students are relatively typical in the ESPAD context.
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